On 1 July 1990 the ex-tug Bronzewing was sunk as an artificial reef in Boston Bay, Port Lincoln on South Australia's Eyre Peninsula. The scuttling was a project of the Port Lincoln Game Fishing Club with approval from the (then) Department of Fisheries.
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Location: -34.683458*S 135.869994*E
Vessel type: Tug/fishing vessel
The ex-tug Bronzewing was built by Mort's Dock and Engineering Company in Balmain, New South Wales, in 1930. The vessel was steel-plated and hand-riveted. It was originally owned by the Royal Australian Navy, but was later purchased by Victrawl Pty Ltd to be refitted for tuna fishing. In the late 1980s, the Bronzewing failed its survey and was subsequently purchased by the Port Lincoln Game Fishing Club for $1.00. Club members stripped and cleaned the boat in preparation, and, on 1 July 1990, the Bronzewing was towed six nautical miles west of No.4 beacon, about one nautical mile off Port Lincoln near Bass Shoal.